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Mayor Bowser Signs Agreement with Unions that Represent More than 11,000 DC Government Employees

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Four-Year Agreement Provides Wage Stability for Employees and Increases Housing Allowance Fund

(Washington, DC) Today, Mayor Bowser was joined by representatives for the Compensation Units 1 and 2 in signing a four-year collective bargaining agreement that serves more than 11,000 employees across District Government. Compensation Units 1 and 2 represent 20 local unions and seven labor organizations, supporting DC Government career service employees who make up professional technical, administrative, clerical, trade and craft employees, delivering some of the District’s most integral services.

“This agreement demonstrates our continued commitment to maintaining a collaborative negotiation process with our union representatives as we both have a common goal and vision: to support the public servants who deliver for our District residents every day,” said Mayor Bowser. “Today, we ensure four years of wage stability for our government employees as we continue to make DC Government a great place to start and maintain a career.”

The agreement includes a 3.5 percent bonus in Fiscal Year 2022, a 2.5 percent pay raise in Fiscal Year 2023, and a 3 percent raise in Fiscal Years 2024 and 2025. The agreement also increases the funds set aside for the Negotiated Employee Assistance Home Purchase Program (NEAHP) to $650,000. NEAHP provides financial assistance with down payments and closing costs for government employees looking to purchase a home in DC.  The last time an agreement was reached was February 25, 2018. 

Joining the Mayor for the signing were Lee Blackmon, Federal Director, National Association of Government Employees (NAGE); Robert Hollingsworth, Executive Director District Council 20, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); and Ottis Johnson Jr., National Vice President, District 14, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE, District 14). 

The District of Columbia’s Department of Human Resources (DCHR) is also hosting its first hiring event of 2022, “New Year, New Career Virtual Hiring Fair on Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17. Interested participants may register for Day 1 of the virtual fair here and register for Day 2 of the virtual fair here.


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